Food Distribution

 DARD and other MALFFB Departments with coordination from the FSAC and its partners have distributed food aid to communities affected by TC Pam in the immediate aftermath of this disaster. Initial reports have indicated food shortages and high chance of food insecurity thus calling for food aid supply in the first 3 months period post-cyclone.

Food aid in the form of Rice, Canned Meat and noodles was sourced by FSAC through the NDMO Emergency Operations Centre and distributed to affected islands of Mere Lava, Maewo, Pentecost, South Malekula Ambrym, and all of Shefa and Tafea. Over 300 tonnes of rice and other food supply was distributed to the above communities.

There was a total of three (3) food push conducted. The first one conducted in the emergency phase was carried out by Distribution teams assigned by the FSAC. The second and third push distributions were later coordinated through FSAC partners and the NDMO.

2018 Santo Agriculture Show

The Santo 2018 Agriculture show has been a success. All agricultural products were showcased during the event making the show very successful and attracts a lot of people from the four Northern provinces.

Sustainable agricultural crop production is very important for people's livelihood in terms of food security which means that people need to have food supplies available and stable to guarantee healthy living. 

 Regular farmer training is very important to equip farmers with useful skills and knowledge specifically in agriculture to help them better cultivate their farm land taking into account the importance of crop resilience due to frequent natural disasters.    

 Vanuatu has very important cash crops including kava, cocoa, coconut and coffee. These cash crops contribute greatly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. To date there is an increase in kava production and a drop in copra production.